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Off spin
Around the Academy:

The ball moves from off to leg

Off spin is the most popular method of spin in cricket.

An off break delivery turns from the off side to the leg side when bowled at a right-handed batsman.

The spin is generated by the first and second fingers of the right hand.

India's Harbhajan Singh in action
Harbhajan has batsmen in a spin

The more revolutions you can put on the ball, the better chance you have of getting more turn when the ball pitches.

Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and India's Harbhajan Singh are two of the finest exponents of this fine art.

Step One
The middle joints of the index and middle fingers are well spread across the seam. The ball rests against the third finger but the thumb has little involvement.

Step Two
Turning the wrist and the index finger generate the spin on the ball, turning the ball in a clockwise direction.

Use your first two fingers to give the ball a good "rip" at the point of delivery.


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Off spin
Left-arm spin
Leg spin
Googly
Flipper
Top spinner
'Doosra'

Our guide to spin

The offy's leggie?
Over the past five years, the world's top off spinners have developed their own version of the googly
It looks very similar to a normal off-break, but rather than spin towards the bat, it goes the other way, like a leg break
It's bowled from the back of the hand with a lot of top spin, but the wrist still moves in a clockwise direction
Harbhajan Singh calls his delivery the "doosra" which translates to "the other" in Hindi



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